Other CBCA Awards
The Nan Chauncy Award
CBCA biennial award has been created to honour people who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of Australian children’s literature. Named after Nan Chauncy, a noted Tasmanian children's author, this CBCA award been created to honour people who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of Australian children's literature.
The Award consists of two parts:
- A citation written by the judges.
- A commemorative plaque. It is customary to present a plaque made of Tasmanian timber.
Past Nan Chauncy Winners
- 1983 Marcie Muir
- 1988 Joyce Oldmeadow
- 2010 Lesley Reece
- 2008 Margaret Wild
- 2006 Muriel Barwell
- 2004 Margaret Hamilton
- 2002 Maurice Saxby
- 2000 Belle Alderman
- 1998 Walter McVitty
- 1993 Laurie Copping
- 2012 Robyn Sheahan-Bright
- 2015 Libby Gleeson (link to citation at Reading Time)
- 2017 Mem Fox (link to Mem's acceptance speech)
History of the Award
From 1983 to 1998 the Award was presented every five years. At the CBCA's AGM in 1999 it was decided that the Nan Chauncy Award be given biennially, in even-numbered years (up until 2014). The Award in 2000 was presented at the CBCA 5th National Conference in Canberra and in 2002 at the 6th National Conference in Perth.
Administration of the Award
The CBCA Nan Chauncy Award is administered by the CBCA National Board who may delegate responsibility to a Coordinator.
The recipient must be an Australian citizen, no matter where residing, or a person who has been resident in Australia for at least five years. In the case of a person who is not an Australian citizen, eligibility shall cease at the time when the person ceases to be a resident of Australia. The recipient shall be a person who has made an outstanding contribution, over a period of years, to the field of Australian children's literature. Such a person could be an editor, publisher, teacher, librarian, bookseller, lecturer, researcher, author, illustrator, etc.
Nominees must be living at the time nominations close.
Other CBCA Awards
The CBCA Lifetime Achievement Award
This award was presented to Robert Ingpen AM in August 2016. It marked the occasion of the CBCA's 70th Book of the Year Awards.
The CBCA Citation for Distinguished Services
This national award recognises ‘long and dedicated service to the work of the National Council of the CBCA’.
The Crichton Award for New Illustrators
The Crichton Award for New Illustrators aims to recognise and encourage new talent in the field of Australian children's book illustration.
The Muriel Barwell Award [Western Australia]
A biennial award for distinguished services to children's literature in WA.
The Leila St John Award [Victorian Branch]
An annual award for distinguished services to children's literature in VIC.
The Lady Cutler Award [NSW Branch]
For distinguished services to children’s literature in NSW.
The Dame Annabelle Rankin Award [Queensland Branch]
A biennial award for distinguished services to children's literature in QLD.
The Laurie Copping Award [ACT Branch]
For distinguished services to children's literature in the ACT.